Herbed Pizza Crust

This will be my second year to grow the basic Italian herbs right on my back porch including oregano, thyme, basil, and rosemary. It has made Italian dishes incredibly flavorful with little-to-no maintenance. This crust is simple and, you guessed it, made from ingredients you have stocked in your pantry!

In case you haven’t picked up on the trend, I am really not a fan of complex recipes that take a lot of ingredients and a lot of time. That is one way I don’t get burnt out on home cooking–I keep things as simple and flexible as possible.

Dishes on the other hand…that’s another story for another day.

I would like to note this recipe makes a rather large pizza crust. Enough for 2 people with leftovers. If you are wanting a single serving, I would half the ingredients below!

Ingredients

  • 1 C warm water
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Italian herbs of choice: oregano, thyme, rosemary, and basil. Extra points if they are fresh from your garden!

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheight
  2. In a large bowl, mix together warm water and yeast until dissolved.
  3. Mix in rest of ingredients. You can choose to mix in chopped herbs at this point or wait to press into dough.
  4. Combine and knead until you have a smooth texture. If the texture appears dry, add 1 tbsp of warm water as many times as needed to moisten and combine well.
  5. Once smooth, form into ball and allow to rise slightly in mixing bowl. Depending on how fast I am trying to get dinner together, I will wait 15-30 mins.
  6. Remove from bowl and press onto baking sheet or pizza pan lined with parchment paper.
  7. Pre-bake for roughly 5-8 mins before adding your sauce and toppings. Once added toppings, place back in oven and bake 10-13 mins depending on how brown and crispy you want your crust!

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